It has hints of Africa, as well as the Caribbean. Certainly, Bethlehem Hallelu has its roots in the African Diaspora. It's rhythmic and melodic, in a walking tempo wich anchors the piece as it builds through several rising modulations. A part for two drums is included in the publication and Jay Althouse lists no less than eight performances options in his Performance Notes, including voices with drum and bass. Tailor it to your needs and the talents of your students, or use the "world music" SoundTrax CD.